Girls’ tennis bounces back with 3-0 weekBy Holly Erickson
As head coach Bill Kates hoped for and predicted, the Canton High girls’ tennis team swept their matches this past week, improving their record to 4-3. The three victories came against Hockomock foes King Philip, Oliver Ames, and Stoughton.
The girls started the week off right when they traveled to King Philip on Tuesday, April 24. Continuing strong play at singles were the Nannery sisters. Sophomore Erica Nannery crushed her opponent 6-0, 6-0, while senior Micaela Nannery won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. The third and winning point of the day came in doubles play from juniors Kristen Burns and Aimee Pina (7-5, 6-2).
For the second day in a row, the squad was on the road, this time at Oliver Ames. On Wednesday, April 25, the girls decimated the Tigers 5-0. Once again, Erica Nannery brought forth her best game with a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Micaela followed suit, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Junior Jude Altabbaa, at third singles, turned her play around in a 6-2, 6-2 victory. And in doubles play, Burns and Pina continued their winning streak in an unusual situation, seizing their victory by default; while juniors Pujitha Ganni and Amberly Diep won 6-1, 6-4.
On Friday, April 27, the Bulldogs hosted Stoughton and volleyed to a 4-1 victory. Erica Nannery defeated the competition 6-3, 6-0, and Micaela Nannery obliterated her competitor 6-0, 6-0. Altabbaa took her second win of the week, 6-4, 7-5.
The fourth point of the day came from the continually successful pairing of Burns and Pina, who won in straight sets 6-0, 6-4. Coach Kates, in praise of their play, said “I have to give credit to Kristen and Aimee, as they went undefeated for the week.”
Kates went on to explain his optimism for the week to come and the team in general. “All in all, I’m really happy with the performance of the squad,” he said. “The girls are getting their games together and the team is coming together quite nicely.”
He added, “By the end of next week, I’m hoping for a six-match winning streak.”
For that winning streak to come to fruition, the Bulldogs will have to beat Attleboro on Monday and Franklin both at home and away this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
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